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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Essential Resources • Psalm Tones for Mass Propers
published 15 June 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski


Additional Psalm Verses for the Communion antiphons:

    * *  [40 pages] • PSALMS FOR COMMUNION (Solesmes, 1957)

    * *  [232 pages] • VERSUS PSALMORUM ET CANTICORUM (Solesmes, 1962)

    * *  [307 pages] • Richard Rice «COMMUNIO» (CMAA, 2008)

Notice that “Versus Psalmorum” (1962) also contains extra verses for the introit!

Simple Settings for the Gradual, Tract, and Alleluia verse:

    * *  [257 pages] • CHANTS ABRÉGÉS (Solesmes, 1930)

    * *  [290 pages] • CHANTS ABRÉGÉS (Solesmes, 1955)

    * *  [111 pages] • LIBER BREVIOR EXCERPT (Solesmes, 1954)

The Church Music Association of America has also posted a fabulous resource (“Simplified Graduale”) by Richard Rice in booklet form and also in portrait.

Extra Verses for the Offertory chants:

    * *  [186 pages] • FULL VERSES by Carl Ott (1935)

    * *  [36 pages] • SIMPLE OFFERTORY VERSES (Richard Rice)

As I mentioned in my Symposium speech, those interested in adapting the Gregorian psalm tones for English should first study the above resources to understand Gregorian psalmody. Moreover, they should visit the Lalande Online Library and download all the books called “Psalmi in Notis.”


Most of these files were scanned & posted by the CMAA.


The CMAA new policy (22 April 2015) allows reposting when credit is given.